Unfortunately many in our community go to bed hungry. But Renown Health is helping to end this problem. Patients who qualify for a “Food is Medicine Prescription” can receive a bag of food for themselves and each member of their family each week through this free assistance program. Thanks to the support of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and other local partners, Renown’s food pantry is helping meet the food needs of homeless and low-income individuals in our community.
Last year, Renown Health started providing food support to hospital and emergency room patients who express a need for it. Accordingly, food is given out at the Healthcare Center, which provides affordable access to care for anyone in our community. Additionally, individuals who receive care at the Healthcare Center are eligible for food assistance.
Working Alongside the Community
To make this program possible, Renown Health receives food deliveries from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. After receiving the food, Renown’s community health team collects an assortment of fresh produce, donated from local grocery stores and other community organizations. Then they put together one bag for each family filled with healthy food such as:
- Whole grain cereals
- Shelf stable milk
- Kid-friendly snacks (granola bars, popcorn, graham crackers
- Proteins (low-salt soups, stews, peanut butter)
- Seasonal produce
Local grocery stores and community organizations generously make these donations.
Food is Medicine Prescriptions Continue Amidst the Pandemic
Of course throughout the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Renown’s community health workers are working remotely. Yet, they are still reaching out to patients who need groceries from the Food is Medicine Prescription program.
With this in mind, the food pantry is currently coordinating outpatient deliveries to those with a Food is Medicine Prescription. Currently, Renown is working to get more refrigeration, shelving and staffing to expand the service to more Renown Medical Group patients in need of food.